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From a riverboat worker who dressed as a woman to the abolitionist who died for his beliefs, It Happened on the Underground Railroad offers a gripping look at heroic individuals who became a part of the famous “road” to freedom. Read about Peter Still, a former slave who came to the Philadelphia Antislavery Society in search of his family, only to discover that the man sitting in front of him was his brother. Meet the individuals who may have inspired characters in the novels Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Beloved. Learn about the bakery where Frederick Douglass was first helped to freedom. And experience the heart-pounding fear of a man who mailed himself north.
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Solomon Northrup held his aching head in his hands as he winced in pain. Fragmented visions of the previous night floated in his mind: two men; dinner and draught at a tavern; the sudden onset of feeling ill. Then visions of Solomon’s hometown of Sarasota Springs, New York came to mind: images of his wife and family; the hack he drove for the hotel; carpentry work; playing his violin for his three children. Suddenly an intense shooting pain brought Solomon Northrup slowly to consciousness. The weight and the sound of clinking chains fully awakened him.
A sliver of light came from a barred window high on the wall, barely illuminating a sole wooden bench in the small room. He sat up abruptly and adjusted his eyes to the dark. The dank smell indicated he was below ground. Solomon was chained in shackles and caged up like an animal in a dungeon. This was no dream from his bed in Sarasota Springsit was the beginning of a nightmare.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
Selected Routes of the Underground Railroad
The Twelve-Year Mistake1841
On a DareMid 1860s
What Goes Around Comes Around1864
In the Dark of Night1859
My Better Half1846
This Side Up1849
Seven Years in Hiding1835
Read All About It!1850
The Art of Passing1848
The House on the Hill1838
I Have Come Back1841
At What Price?1848
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothes1846
Caught Between Black and White1848
Baker’s SpecialMid 1840s
Where To, Sir?1855
Reading the Stars1847
The Eleventh Hour1848
The Letter of the Law1848
Not My Child1856
Up a Tree1854
Underground Railroad Facts and Trivia
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